Justin Ridge, Le Tang, Anson Jew, and Steve Ahn appear on Saturday May 31st at the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. They will discuss their experience in live action and animation projects, and their perspective on the future of storyboarding.
SILA – The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
3326 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hear from three of the top web comic creators and how they make money from their own creations. Jason Brubaker, Jorge Cham, and Ethan Nicolle appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 1st for an afternoon workshop which will then be followed by a Q&A and signing.
Register early to receive a discount! Register online
The event is FREE from 4 -5 pm during the signing period
1:00 – 3:30 Workshop Seminar
3:30 – 4:00 Q & A
4:00 – 5:00 Signing
About the artists:
Jason Brubaker works at Dreamworks Animation in Visual Development. At night, he puts on his cape and doubles as an independent graphic novelist and self-publisher. Jason has worked on Kung-Fu Panda 2, Ghost Rider, Van Helsing, Blade II, Leap of Faith, Roswell, Pitch Black, Blade and more as a visual development and storyboard artist. Jason has self-published two of his own graphic novels based on his story Remind. He’s raised over $125,000 through Kickstarter to self-publish Remind in two volumes. Jason continues to create new stories and just put out a book called Unnatural Talents which is about self publishing your own graphic novel.
Jorge Cham is the creator of “Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD),” the comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. Often called “the Dilbert of Academia,” PHD has appeared in the Stanford, MIT, Caltech and Carnegie Mellon newspapers, among others, and is published online where it receives over nine million page views a month from over 1000 universities and colleges worldwide. He obtained his B.S. from Georgia Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, specializing in Robotics. He was sub-sequently,an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005, where his work focused on developing “Smart” Neural Implants. He travels and presents all over the world to thousands of graduate students, faculty and administrators on the graduate student experience. Four PHD book collections have been published with over 55,000 copies sold. He has over 200,000 fans on Facebook!
Ethan Nicolle is an American comic book creator, artist, and writer. He created the Slave Labor Graphics comic Chumble Spuzz which has been released as two graphic novels. He also worked with his younger brother, Malachai, to create Axe Cop, the web comic phenomena that has nearly 35,000 fans on Facebook and an animated show on Fox’s Television’s ADHD. Ethan has also created another popular webcomic called Bearmageddon that is about an end of the world apocalypse story with mutant bears, He also have had various pitches optioned by Cartoon Network, and works on the Axe Cop TV show at FOX and is currently writing for DreamWorks Animation on the new Veggie Tales series.
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
Guillermo del Toro, visionary director of films including Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the newly-released Pacific Rim, signs on Thursday July 25, 2013 at Mystery & Imagination Bookstore in Glendale, CA. The event begins at 7 p.m. You may bring items you already own but there will be a signing fee to benefit the store. Please contact the store for further information.
Mystery and Imagination Bookshop
238 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
Comedian Maria Bamford headlines two shows on Friday, March 22nd, at the historic 230-seat Brattle Theater in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Get tickets at the link!
Maria recently had a two-episode guest-starring role on the Emmy-award winning Louie on FX and is a leading comedian in the “alternative comedy” circuit. Maria toured with and co-starred in the film version of the groundbreaking Comedians of Comedy alongside the likes of Patton Oswalt and and Zach Galifianakis.
Maria’s comedy albums consistently land on top ten lists and one of her albums was named one of the best albums of the decade by the Onion’s AV Club. Her most recently album, Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, is available now. Maria headlined the Second Annual Women in Comedy Festival back in 2010 and her show sold out almost immediately.
Maria has appeared all over television on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Tim and Eric: Awesome Show. She has lent her voice to numerous animated features and television shows such as The Legend of Korra, Back at the Banyard, Kung Fu Panda, and CatDog.
Her poplularity is steadily increasing from exposure on national television and her quirky ads for Target, so this is a unique opportunity to still catch her in a rather intimate space at an affordable price.
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Actress Kari Wahlgren returns for an appearance at Anime Boston 2013!
Anime audiences were first introduced to Kari Wahlgren as the Vespa-riding, guitar-bashing Haruko in FLCL. Since then, she has played a number of anime roles, including Celty in Durarara, Kagami in Lucky Star, Saya in Blood+, Robin in Witch Hunter Robin, Fuu in Samurai Champloo, Tsuruya in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cher in Wolf’s Rain, Lavie in Last Exile, Anemone in Eureka 7, Tayuya in Naruto and Blue Rose in the upcoming Tiger and Bunny.
Wahlgren also provided the voice of Ariel in the movie Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, Scarlett in the anime feature Steamboy and the Princess in the movie Naruto: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow. She’s also voiced Emma Frost in Wolverine and the X-Men and currently plays Tigress on Nickelodeon’s Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.
Wahlgren has also done voicework for over a hundred video games, including the Jedi Female Knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man, Elika in Prince of Persia, Ashe in Final Fantasy XII, Shelke in Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerebus, Vicki Vale in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Barbara Johnson in Bioshock II.
Wahlgren occasionally steps out from behind the microphone to do on-camera work. She had a recurring role as Helen in the Wizarding Office on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place and played Tink in the indie film Neverland. She has also appeared in commercials for Swiffer as the Mud Girl, T.J. Maxx, Lexus and Rolling Rock.
Anime Boston is a three-day convention held annually in Boston, Massachusetts, USA under the supervision of the New England Anime Society. Its focus is to celebrate and promote Japanese animation, comics, and pop-culture. This year’s convention will be held on May 24-26th at the Hynes Convention Center. For more details and tickets please visit the website: www.animeboston.com
Tom Kenny hosts an all-star reading of “A Christmas Carol” featuring voice over legends including: Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, Grey DeLisle-Griffin, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Tara Strong, Kari Wahlgren, Billy West…..and MORE special guests! They are raising moeny to donate to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. For additional donations the entire cast will sign autographs plus there will be a silent auction. Don’t miss it!
When: Sunday 12/09/12 3:00 PM
18 & over
Two items minimum per person
Seating First Come First Serve
All Shows Have Adult Content
Door Time: 02:15 PM
Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #222, Universal City, CA 91608
Jason M. Burns, Ellen Crenshaw, and Sean Kasper sign on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!
ELLEN CRENSHAW- Will be appearing & doing free sketches from 12 till 3pm
Ellen is a member of the Los Angeles-based illustrators’ group, Girls Drawin’ Girls; she has been published in comics anthologies Inbound and ZombieBomb!
SEAN KASPER-will be appearing and doing free sketches from 11am till 4pm
A local artist who spends most his time drawing monsters, superheroes, and mystery men. His newest comic ‘Honest Jon’ is coming out later this year.
Local comic and TV writer JASON M. BURNS
Will be appearing & signing from 12-3pm.
Jason is the writer of one of the actual Free Comic Book Day comics, the Kung Fu Panda/Richie Rich Flip book. He wrote two of the three stories in the book!
Jason has written and created: A Dummy’s Guide to Danger, Curse of the Were-Woman, and The Expendable One, which is being developed into a major motion picture by Intrepid Pictures as well as written Shrek, Megamind, Jericho, Pocket God, Kung Fu Panda, Richie Rich, Fraggle Rock, and Child’s Play comics.
New England Comics
Downtown in Guild Square
732 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062
Writer Matt Anderson appears from 11 am – 1 pm at Graham Crackers Comics in Lincoln Park on May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day! Get your FCBD issue of Kung Fu Panda signed!
Also Penny for your Soul comic writer Tom Hutchinson appears at the Wheaton store from 11 am – 1pm and the Downers Grove store from 2 pm – 4 pm!
Devin Crane, Christopher Lautrette, Marcos Mateu-Mestre, Nicolas Weis and other Dreamworks artists sign at Stuart Ng Books in Torrance, CA on November 13th from 3-5pm!
This is such a great opportunity to meet the talent and creators of the book, as well as get a look at some other personal publications from featured Moonshine artists.
Meet the visual development artists of DreamWorks Animation Studio. These artists create the characters and worlds of Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek, and other animated films. 49 talented and prolific DreamWorks Animation Art Directors, Character Designers, Production Designers, and Visual Development Artists have collected their best personal works in the amazing full-color art book Moonshine. Meet the artists who work on these films, see their artwork, and have them sign your personal copy of Moonshine.
Stuart Ng Books
20655 S. Western Ave., Suite 104, Torrance, CA 90501
(Where the 405 and 101 freeways meet. Halfway between LAX and Long Beach)